GENERIC NAME: HALOPERIDOL - INJECTION (hal-oh-PAIR-ih-doll)
BRAND NAME(S): Haldol
WARNING: There may be a slightly increased risk of serious, possibly fatal side effects (e.g., pneumonia, heart failure) when this medication is used in older adults with dementia. This medication is not approved for the treatment of dementia-related behavior problems. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication, as well as other effective and possibly safer treatments for dementia-related behavior problems, with the doctor.
USES: Haloperidol injection is used to treat severe symptoms of certain mental/mood disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders). It is given by injection when quick relief of your symptoms is required and you are unable to take the medication by mouth.This medicine helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It can also help prevent suicide in people who are likely to harm themselves. It also reduces aggression and the desire to hurt others. It can decrease hallucinations and negative thoughts.Haloperidol can also be used to treat uncontrolled movements and outbursts of words/sounds related to Tourette's disorder.Haloperidol is a psychiatric medication (antipsychotic-type) that works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.Sometimes, haloperidol may be used in hospitalized patients who have severe behavior problems or confusion for short periods of time. This medication may also be used to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting due to cancer treatment.
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